The 2017 Kiwanis Club of La Jolla Pancake Breakfast, scheduled for 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 22 at La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St., will bring a classic community concept into the 21st century with one modern addition.
“This year, we are going to accept credit cards for admission and the raffle,” said Kiwanian Bob Steck. “That should help us a lot, because last year we had several people wanting to use a card, but we didn’t have the technology. So we weren’t able to raise as much money as we could have.”
Other than that, the Kiwanis Club’s “gift to the community” will feature the same favorite events as in past years. Steck said there would be pancakes – with all the fixin’s – sausages, coffee and juice, along with family activities such as bounce houses, face painting, booths, music and a raffle featuring items donated by area merchants.
“My favorite part is the smile on kids’ faces,” Steck said.
Admission is $10, but children under age 10 attend for free. “We simply try to break even (financially), because we see this as our gift to the community. La Jolla has been so supportive of us, so we want to give something back,” he said. “Plus, it’s inexpensive for what you get.”
Other Kiwanis events are more oriented on fundraising and include the La Jolla Half Marathon (which raises approximately $200,000 annually for local charities, particularly children’s charities); and the Junior Olympics, where some 1,000 grade-school children participate in track and field events. Both events take place in the spring.
Kiwanis International is a global organization with a focus of fundraising and serving worldwide children’s causes. Learn more at kiwanisclublajolla.org